What happened to Maj. Marcus Reno’s command during the Battle of Little Big Horn in June 1876?
Alexander F. Durvin, Jr.
Fort Washington, Maryland
After Maj. Marcus Reno’s ill-fated attack on one end of the village, he and his troopers retreated into the woods, then fought their way across the Greasy Grass River (Little Big Horn) and up to the top of a hill now known as Reno Hill. Captain William Benteen, who had taken his troopers farther down the river to cut off a retreat, rushed up to join Reno to make a stand. Most of the men survived the encounter. In 1879, an Army court of inquiry cleared Reno of cowardice charges stemming from the battle that resulted in the deaths of Gen. George A. Custer and his men.